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Posted: 13 Mar 2011, 15:02
I try to only consume 1250 calories a day. On the days that I work out I still only eat 1250. They say that you must eat at least 1200 cals a day, so is this okay to burn calories under the the recommended amount of 1200? For example I consumed 1250 but I burned off 250 with working out so that leave only 1000 that I consumed. Not sure if I am making sense but if you understand what I am saying, do you know if thats okay?
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Posted: 13 Mar 2011, 15:05
As long as you are burning more than you are eating on average, you will lose weight.

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Posted: 13 Mar 2011, 17:05
^not exactly, Calorie in, calorie out is an extremely limited and incomplete model for weight loss. The reason is that it’s cheap to estimate, and it is a popular variable for publication in journals. For the researcher seeking tenure, grant money, or lucrative corporate consulting contracts, the maxim “publish or perish” applies. If you need to include 100 or 1,000 test subjects and can only afford to measure a few simple things, you need to paint those measurements as tremendously important. I've lost over thirty lbs of fat with an average daily caloric intake of 3800 calories, simply by manipulating thermogenics and hormones using all natural methods.

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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 10:17
You have to think even if you are only eating 1250, your resting metabolic rate is going to be much higher than that, at least 1800 if not higher, even if you're just sitting on your butt. By doing more work you're pressuring your body by not eating enough.

On days you work out, you want to make sure you eat what you want + the calories you worked. You'll maintain your standard deficit but have a boost in metabolism.

Make sure that you are
1) Eating good healthy food like lean meat, veggies, etc.
2) Eating enough! I can't stress how important this is. Your body is smart and it knows when you are pushing it too hard. It will hold on for dear life and you'll just get worn down because you aren't losing. You must eat enough food.
3) Work out regularly but not too hard - walk more than run, lift books and heavy things in a natural way.

Best of luck. I've been fighting weight loss for almost my entire adult life + my childhood too. I didn't lose an ounce trying to stick under 1200 and I made myself miserable because I was always hungry.
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 10:35
In my uneducated opinion, I think 1250 is safe.

But, I also think you should eat more if you can do so and still hit your goals. If 1250 isn't sustainable without a lot of work (I think it's work to measure/journal) the weight might come back.

I would personally play with it. I'd move it up to 1500 for a week or two and see what happens.
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 14:15
jamina1 wrote:

Make sure that you are
1) Eating good healthy food like lean meat, veggies, etc.
2) Eating enough! I can't stress how important this is...

... I didn't lose an ounce trying to stick under 1200 and I made myself miserable because I was always hungry.

Well said and so important! I too have been a serial dieter that starved her way to over 300 lbs. Proper nutrition is one of the keys to success.

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Posted: 31 Mar 2011, 08:58
Thanks to everyone for their responses. @jamina1: Thank you for the very detailed information. This week I decided to up my calories to 1350-1400 and it has been working much better than 1250 was. So I am guessing that I wasnt eating enough and my body was going into starvation mode. So now I know what works for my body due to trial and error.
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Posted: 31 Mar 2011, 09:21
What you need to ask yourself is "who is they"? Find what works for YOU and stick with it. Everyone is different.

Your body is not going to go into starvation mode overnight....look at your AVERAGE consumption. For me, 1300 calories was the key for a very long time, then I bumped up to 1600, then 1800, then 2000. I'm currently at 2100 calories and I'm happy where I'm at.

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